Sony PSP Gets Online Browsing, TV Programs

Sony PSP is formally adding several new functions to its handheld gaming device, including browse the Internet and download TV programs. Chief among the additions will be a Web browser, and will allow access to most websites. Also new will be support for downloading video in the MPEG4 AVC format.

The PSP already has a wireless LAN for online gaming and for downloading software from the Internet, but Sony hasn’t officially allowed users to browse the Web. But there have been numerous hacks allowing browsing.

Other new features include the capability to transfer photos from one PSP to another via an ad hoc wireless LAN, and support for additional media formats including the AAC audio format.